TEACHING THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE THROUGH LMS: LEARNERS’ PRE-COURSE EXPECTATIONS AND POST-COURSE FEEDBACK
Federal State Autonomous Educational Institution of Higher Education “South Ural State University" (National Research University) (RUSSIAN FEDERATION)
About this paper:
Conference name: 10th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 16-18 November, 2017
Location: Seville, Spain
Abstract:The increasing demands for English language learning in a highly globalized world and the decreasing number of contact hours have urged teachers to look for new flexible methods of instruction such as blended learning. Blended learning offers the opportunity of learning autonomously anywhere and anytime using different mediums. The purpose of this study is to explore the views, attitudes and perceptions of learners using Learning Management System (LMS) along with traditional face-to-face learning. The research instruments were questionnaires administered to learners before and after the course. The online course was realized through the Moodle, the university corporate learning management system (LMS). Our study aims to evaluate the learning programme in order to identify gaps in the system with the aim of trying to improve them. The results are essential for further improvement of both online and traditional face-to-face teaching of the subject. Specifically, the study looks at the ways the online course was able to increase the students' interest, motivation, engagement and satisfaction. A noticeable shift in students’ perceptions and the outcomes of the study are discussed.
Keywords: Blended learning, e-learning, learning management system, moodle, EFL, expectations, feedback.